WATCH: Gladstone Mater gets 3D mammography, the first in CQ

GLADSTONE Mater Hospital became the first in central Queensland to have 3D mammography today.

Eight women will try the new technology today, which gives a 41% increase in the detection of invasive breast cancer.

The new system enables radiologists to identify and characterise individual breast structures without the confusion of overlapping tissue.

The new technology offers a 2D image, like the previous system, and also a 3D view of the breast tissue, which allows for better detection of breast cancer.

Gladstone Mater Hospital chief radiographer Julian Simpson said it was a significant addition to their CQMI centre.

Gladstone Mater Hospital chief radiographer Julian Simpson pictured with senior mammographer Monica with their new 3D mammography system. Photo Tegan Annett / The Observer
Gladstone Mater Hospital chief radiographer Julian Simpson pictured with senior mammographer Monica with their new 3D mammography system. Photo Tegan Annett / The Observer Tegan Annett

"It's great that now we can have the same imaging as what women would get in a Brisbane hospital," Dr Simpson said.

"This is quite a significant development with us being a regional area we hardly get things that are this significant."

Hologic Clinical Applications Specialist Jaz Malligan oversaw the first few patients and taught the mammographers how to use the new technology.

"This is the biggest development in mammography in the last 50 years," she said.

The hospital secured the new technology in the middle of the year through the I-MED network.

Dr Simpson said I-MED was slowly rolling out new technologies in regional areas like Gladstone.

CQMI Radiologist Dr Ravichandran said the new technology would benefit all patients, bu especially for women seeking a diagnostic mammmogram such as those with a family history of breast cancer.

"Traditional 2D mammography, which is the most common screening method in Australia, unfortunately has some limitations. It can miss some cancers and produce false positive results as breast structures can overlap and normal tissue may appear as abnormal, often leading to unnecessary anxiety and avoidable biopses," he said.

Fast facts:

  • The 3D mammogram technology has been rolled out throghout Australia since 2007.
  • Provides a 41% increase in the detection of inavsive berast cancer.
  • 15-40% more women will be spared the anxiety of being called back for further testing.
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